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Cruise Ship Squeeze: The New Pirates of the Seven Seas Paperback – 1 Oct 2005
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About the Author
Ross Klein has taken more than 30 cruises in all parts of the world, comprising over 300 days. An Associate Professor of Social Work at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, he has written widely on the cruise industry and his previous book, Cruise Ship Blues, caused waves in the industry.
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As a cruise journalist myself who has worked on cruise ships for nearly two years and been covering them journalistically for almost 10 years now, I found this book to be a rehash of the same old cruise stories that have been going around for years, retold with everything in a negative slant.
In other words, there is nothing new or revealing in this book, and most of it is sensationalistic allegations of wrongdoing based on second-hand and unconfirmed information from wherever he could find it. Footnotes are to press stories that talk of allegations but subsequent follow-up articles about findings that may exculpate the cruise lines are typically excluded from the text.
I say world's longest complaint letter because it is well-known he has a beef with a certain cruise line which they never satisfactorily addressed, and that led to this book. Suffice it to say, he comes across as an effete liberal with a sense of entitlement due to his degree (a PhD) and the fact that he is married to an MD who when she revealed her profession she was (shockingly) asked medical advice by fellow passengers.
His various magazine articles include advice to MDs never to reveal their occupation while on a cruise ship - or they may be asked to help someone. Yet he moans about mistreatment of workers on cruise ships as if they are indentured servants (far from true) who I can tell you from experience, if asked, would never give up their jobs.
Pertaining to some of the cruise lines' past experiences of throwing trash overboard, I didn't read anything that mentioned Carnival Corporation's implementation of "Environmental Officer" onboard the ships to make sure that each ship complies with environmental regulations. I also didn't read anything about Holland America's comprehensive recycling plants that exist onboard all Holland America ships.
The book seems to be comprised of media-hype (half truth) news articles and television interviews.
Having worked onboard cruise ships for 10 years (approximately 500 cruises.... about 470 more than the author,) I could write a first-hand rebuttal of the uncountable inaccuracies.
Scandals sell. This book tries to paint a picture of scandal. But having been on the inside (and knowing that the author has not,) I got defensive page after page and could not help but wonder who would believe this bunch of bologna.
Save your money and buy a massage on your next cruise.
A great book that shoudl be read by every tourism student as well as every cruiser...